Feadship launches latest diesel-electric hybrid yacht

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Yacht builder Feadship has launched Project 817 from its yard in Kaag, the Netherlands. According to the company, having chartered virtually every Feadship available in the global fleet over recent years, the owner of Project 817 set the target of keeping the environmental impact of the 94m vessel at around the same levels as his previous Feadship, despite that being 32m shorter.

Feadship hopes that this goal will be achieved thanks to the installation of a hybrid propulsion system. This will allow Project 817 to travel at a comfortable 12kts on diesel-electric power, with all exhaust emissions treated via Tier III catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters. The builder notes that a large battery bank ensures optimum generator loading and a smooth power grid. The top speed in diesel direct mode is 20kts.

Other advanced green technologies deployed include the waste treatment plant and heat recovery systems. The builder says that a large amount of work went into optimizing the efficiency of the air-conditioning system, to prevent excessive power consumption. This is particularly crucial on a yacht that features floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Feadship says details about the newest member of its fleet, along with her name, will be announced after her sea trials have been completed.

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